60+ Highly Anticipated New YA Fantasy Books of 2021

New YA Fantasy Books 2021

We’re doing something a little different with my “Highly Anticipated” list this year. Instead of scouring the web, I asked our community of 30,000+ YA fantasy fans over on the YA Fantasy Addicts Facebook group what their most highly anticipated new YA fantasy books of 2021 were.

Of course, I’ve supplemented that list with as many books as I can find that are releasing in 2021 to be your ultimate release resource.

So BOOKMARK this page and be sure to check it monthly throughout the year to see what’s releasing.

If you want to check out last year’s list, it’s another list of 60+ books that came out in 2020.

We’ll start this year’s “Highly Anticipated” list off with the top 3 most anticipated new YA Fantasy books of folks over on YAFA, then hop to our normal monthly format.

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Top 2021 New Releases

Disclaimer: To no one’s surprise, the two most highly anticipated books of 2021 according to YAFA are Chain of Iron and A Court of Silver Flames.

I’ve included those books in the overall list, but I’ve actually left them off of this top picks section.

You’re likely looking for something you HAVEN’T already pre-ordered. So here are the top most anticipated new YA Fantasy books of 2021.

Rule of Wolves Leigh Bardugo, New YA Fantasy Books 2021

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: March 30, 2021

Surprisingly (to me), Rule of Wolves is YAFA’s most anticipated book of 2021. The sequel to Leigh Bardugo’s King of Scars is also the conclusion of the series in this two-book duology.

The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times–bestselling King of Scars Duology.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.


The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: April 20, 2021

This is not a surprise to me based on how much From Blood and Ash gets talked about. BUT I will say, this isn’t really YA Fantasy. Sorry folks!

I’ve only included it on this list because the community likes it. But it’s technically anything but YA.

She’s been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.


Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: May 4, 2021

Another shocker for me is that a Victoria Aveyard book ranked 3rd for most anticipated when there’s so much division about Red Queen.

You can read my spoiler-free review of War Storm if you want my thoughts on the series.

When the heroes have fallen, who will take up the sword?

A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

Now, let’s jump into the list of highly anticipated new YA Fantasy books of 2021 by month.

New YA Fantasy Books 2021

January 2021

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Ahh! Lore was such an amazing book. It’s an urban fantasy centered in New York City, but blends it with Greek Mythology.

Every seven years descendants of the gods play a deadly game of hide-and-go-seek where the gods are mortal for seven days, and whoever kills them claims their powers.

Check out my spoiler free review of Lore for more info.

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds comes a sweepingly ambitious, high-octane tale of power, destiny, love and redemption.


Knight by Karen Lynch

Release Date: January 5, 2021

Knight is Book 2 in the Fae Games series.

Jesse risked everything to bring her mother and father home, but her life is far from back to normal. With her parents’ memories of their abduction gone, Jesse is no closer to finding answers, and the threat still looms over her family.

When the Agency announces that a powerful Fae artifact is missing…


Blood, Metal, Bone by Lindsay Cummings

Release Date: January 7, 2021

Blood Metal Bone is the gripping new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lindsay Cummings. This is the perfect adrenaline-packed read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, The Mandalorian and Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series.

Wrongly accused of her brother’s murder, Sonara’s destiny was to die, sentenced to execution by her own mother. Punished and left for dead, the shadows have cursed her with a second life as a Shadowblood, cast out and hunted by society for her demon-like powers.


Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Release Date: January 12, 2021

This is Book 6 in the Wayward Children series, but it’s also a standalone.

A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire’s Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming.”


Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Release Date: January 12, 2021

A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve “lush and deliciously sinister fairy tales” (Kelly Link) by the New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country!

Before The Hazel Wood, there was Althea Proserpine’s Tales from the Hinterland…

Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death


Soul of Cinder by Bree Barton

Release Date: January 12, 2021

Soul of Cinder is Book 3 in the Heart of Thorns series.

The shattering conclusion to Bree Barton’s Heart of Thorns trilogy challenges why we grieve, whom we love—and how to mend a broken heart. This fiercely feminist YA series is a must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor!

Prince Quin has returned to the river kingdom, ready to spearhead a rebellion and reclaim the throne. He vows to destroy Mia, Pilar, and Angelyne if they oppose him—even if he must use his newfound magic to set the world aflame.


Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore

Release Date: January 19, 2021

Graceling is back! I can’t wait! This is on my TBR for new YA Fantasy books of 2021 for sure.

Don’t read the blurb below if you haven’t read Graceling. Just click the link above to go buy Graceling instead. I promise, it’ll be the best decision you’ve made this year.

For the past five years, Bitterblue has reigned as Queen of Monsea, heroically rebuilding her nation after her father’s horrific rule. After learning about the land of Torla in the east, she sends envoys to the closest nation there: Winterkeep–a place where telepathic foxes bond with humans, and people fly across the sky in wondrous airships. But when the envoys never return, having drowned under suspicious circumstances…


We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Release Date: January 19, 2021

The second book in the Sands of Arawiya duology by the masterful Hafsah Faizal―the follow-up to the smash New York Times bestselling novel We Hunt the Flame.

Darkness surged in his veins. Power bled from her bones.

Yada yada yada. The rest of the blurb is totally spoilerish for the first book if you haven’t read it, so you can just click the link below if you want to keep reading.


Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift

Release Date: January 19, 2021

Is that Charlie Bowater? No, this isn’t related to The Princess Will Save You books, even though that cover totally looks like it belongs.

The first book in an epic, heart-pounding fantasy duology about two royal heirs betrothed to be married, but whose loyalties are torn, and a ruthless enemy who threatens their world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh.

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people.


A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: January 26, 2021

Book 3 in Brigid’s popular Cursebreaker series that starts with A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

Kingdoms will clash. Choose your side.

Face your fears, fight the battle.
Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time


Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

Release Date: January 26, 2021

In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry–and with evil sinking its claws into humans and gods alike, she’ll have to unearth the magic of her true identity to save both her worlds. Perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, and The Hunger Games. The entire first printing of this novel will be signed!


Tarnished Empire by Danielle L. Jensen

Release Date: January 26, 2021

Eeeee!!!! I love Danielle L. Jensen’s books. I totally fanboyed over her latest book. You can read more in my review of Dark Skies.

Tarnished Empire is a prequel to the Dark Shores series. I have an ARC, and I can’t wait to read it. I’ll post a review as soon as I’m done.

DEFIANCE IS TREASON. TREASON IS DEATH.

A siege is laid against the last resistance to the Senate’s rule. As the battle rages, a commander, a soldier, and a rebel will decide how far they are willing to go for victory.

THE COMMANDER

Marcus is forced to choose between destroying the rebel forces and liberating his legion

February 2021

This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.

In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible―she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father―their nation’s greatest traitor―once tried to destroy the automatons.


All The Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Ahh!!! Another one I absolutely canNOT wait for. Check out my spoiler-free review of All the Stars and Teeth if you want to know how much I loved Book 1.

The thrilling sequel to instant New York Times bestseller All the Stars and Teeth, called “captivating” by Tomi Adeyemi, “Vicious and alluring” by Hafsah Faizal, and “phenomenal” by Adrienne Young. Now author Adalyn Grace is back with more high seas adventure in All the Tides of Fate, this electrifying fantasy, perfect for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.


The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Release Date: February 9, 2021

The most anticipated fantasy of 2021. In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice. Get ready for battle. 

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.


The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: February 9, 2021

This is an Iron Fey book. I have never read them, so honestly, I have no idea where it falls. It’s the start of a new series, but it’s likely not a “starting point” for the whole world. But maybe…

Wicked faeries and fantastic danger… Welcome to book one of the new trilogy in New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey fantasy series, as infamous prankster Puck finally has a chance to tell his story and stand with allies new and old to save Faery and the world. For fans of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare!

“YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF ME…”


A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: February 16, 2021

Hurray Nesta.

Note my enthusiasm. (Or lack thereof)

I might be skipping this one. Or not. Ugh. I loved the first three books, didn’t read ACOFAS. So, I’m on the fence here. I’d have rather gotten the second Crescent City book, personally.

Sarah J. Maas’s sexy, richly imagined series continues with the journey of Feyre’s fiery sister, Nesta.

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will…


Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen

Release Date: February 16, 2021

Three cultures clash in all out war–against each other and against the gods–in the second book of this fantasy duology (Ashlords) that’s sure to capture fans of The Hunger Games and An Ember in the Ashes.

The Races are over. War has begun.

Ashlord and Longhand armies battle for control of the Empire as Dividian rebels do their best to survive the crossfire. This is no longer a game. It’s life or death.


Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke

Release Date: February 26, 2021

This book has been delayed multiple times. Hopefully it comes out when it says it’s supposed to this time.

Ren Kolins is a silver wielder-a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret…

March 2021

Phoenix Flame by Sara Holland

Release Date: March 2, 2021

I loved the first book! Read my review of Havenfall for more info. I am definitely looking forward to this new YA fantasy book in 2021.

New York Times bestselling author Sara Holland continues her blockbuster contemporary fantasy series with this unforgettable sequel to Havenfall.

Maddie Morrow thought her problems were over. She saved the Inn at Havenfall–a sanctuary between magical worlds hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado–from the evil Silver Prince. Her uncle the Innkeeper is slowly recovering from a mysterious spell that has left him not quite human. And there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her handsome, more-than-just-a-friend Brekken, even though she can’t stop thinking about Taya.


The Queen’s Secret by Melissa de la Cruz

Release Date: March 2, 2021

From #1 bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz comes the heart-pounding follow-up to The Queen’s Assassin.

Lilac’s birthright makes her the Queen of Renovia, and a forced marriage made her the Queen of Montrice. But being a ruler does not mean making the rules. For Lilac, taking the throne means giving up the opportunity to be with love of her life, the kingdom’s assassin, Caledon Holt.


Covet by Tracy Wolff

Release Date: March 2, 2021

Technically this book isn’t YA Fantasy. It’s Paranormal Romance. But you all seem to like that sort of thing, so I’m putting this one on the list.

Book 3 in the Crave series. Book 4 is out later in the year as well.

I may have reached my breaking point. As if trying to graduate from a school for supernaturals isn’t stressful enough, my relationship status has gone from complicated to a straight-up dumpster fire.

Oh, and the Bloodletter has decided to drop a bomb of epic proportions on us all…


Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera

Release Date: March 2, 2021

In this gripping sequel to the New York Times bestselling Infinity Son, Adam Silvera brings a diverse cast of heroes and villains to life in an alternate New York where some people are born with powers, while others steal them from the blood of endangered magical creatures. 

Emil and Brighton defied the odds. They beat the Blood Casters and escaped with their lives—or so they thought. When Brighton drank the Reaper’s Blood, he believed it would make him invincible, but instead the potion is killing him.


Red Tigress by Amelie Wen Zhao

Release Date: March 2, 2021

I reviewed Blood Heir (Book 1) back when it was the topic of much debate and was ultimately pulled from publication and relaunched a few months later with changes.

I wasn’t a super huge fan, but I’ll probably read the sequel anyway.

Fans of Children of Blood and Bone will love the sequel to Blood Heir. The second book in an epic fantasy series about a princess hiding a dark secret and the con man she must trust to liberate her empire from a dark reign.


The Bright and the Pale by Jessica Rubinowski

Release Date: March 2, 2021

Debut author Jessica Rubinkowski delivers the thrilling first book in an epic Russian folklore–inspired fantasy duology filled with page-turning romance, tragedy, magic, and monsters. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sara Raasch!

Seventeen-year-old Valeria is one of the only survivors of the freeze, a dark magical hold Knnot Mountain unleashed on her village. Everyone, including her family, is trapped in an unbreakable sheet of ice. Ever since, she’s been on the run from the czar, who has set out to imprison anyone who managed to escape. Valeria finds refuge with the Thieves Guild, doing odd jobs with her best friend, Alik, the only piece of home she has left. That is, until he is brutally murdered.


Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 2, 2021

No book of new YA fantasy books in 2021 would be complete without Chain of Iron. Cassandra Clare needs no introduction to fans of YA Fantasy. You won’t want to miss this one.

The Shadowhunters must catch a killer in Edwardian London in this dangerous and romantic sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Chain of Gold, from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Chain of Iron is a Shadowhunters novel.


Ravage the Dark by Tara Sim

Release Date: March 9, 2021

I reviewed Scavenge the Stars (Book 1) last year, and it was okay. I pre-ordered Ravage the Dark, so I’m willing to keep going in the series.

Step into an opulent world filled with risk, romance, and revenge and find out whether two unlikely heroes can save the world and stop corruption.

For seven long years, while she was imprisoned on a debtor’s ship, Amaya Chandra had one plan: to survive. But now, survival is not enough. She has people counting on her; counting on her for protection, for leadership, for vengeance. And after escaping Moray by the skin of her teeth, she’s determined to track down the man who betrayed her and her friends.


Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

Release Date: March 9, 2021

This cover is gorgeous. I want to read this book from the cover alone.

In this charming debut fantasy perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Girls of Paper and Fire, a witch cursed to never love meets a girl hiding her own dangerous magic, and the two strike a dangerous bargain to save their queendom.

Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others.


Namesake by Adrienne Young

Release Date: March 16, 2021

I meant to read Fable in 2020, but never got around to it. In fact, I just ordered Fable while writing up this piece. I love Adrienne Young’s books, and I’m sure this will be fantastic.

Filled with action, emotion, and lyrical writing, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with Namesake, the final book in the captivating Fable duology.

Trader. Fighter. Survivor.


The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

Release Date: March 16, 2021

Be aware, trigger warnings. I’ve not read this book, but the blurb alone tells me about it.

“An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care.” ―#1 New York Times-bestselling author Karen M. McManus

When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly-magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown, in Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Mirror Season


Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Release Date: March 23, 2021

When children start to go missing in the local woods, a teen girl must face her fears and a past she can’t remember to rescue them in this atmospheric YA novel, Lost in the Never Woods from the author of Cemetery Boys.

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road…


Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: March 30, 2021

Rule of Wolves is YAFA’s most anticipated book of 2021. The sequel to Leigh Bardugo‘s King of Scars is also the conclusion of the series in this two-book duology.

The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times–bestselling King of Scars Duology.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.


Bone Crier’s Dawn by Kathryn Purdie

Release Date: March 30, 2021

I’ve not read this one, but one of our contributors reviewed Bone Crier’s Moon over on the YA Fantasy Addicts site.

Ailesse and her friends change the afterlife in the gripping conclusion to the fantasy duology that began with Bone Crier’s Moon from New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Purdie—perfect for fans of Stephanie Garber and Roshani Chokshi.

Love is a matter of life and death.

Bone Criers have been ferrying the dead into the afterlife for centuries…

April 2021

Blessed Monsters by Emily A. Duncan

Blessed Monsters by Emily A. Duncan

Release Date: April 6, 2021

Book 3 of the Something Dark and Holy series.

The startling conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy

The girl, the monster, the prince, the queen.

They broke the world.

And some things can never be undone.


The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Release Date: April 6, 2021

Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman.

Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years.


The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

Release Date: April 13, 2021

Lynette Noni has not one, but two new YA fantasy books coming in 2021. Fans of the world rejoice! I can’t wait!

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.


The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: April 20, 2021

From Blood and Ash was such a huge success in 2020, Book 3 is one of the most hotly anticipated new fantasy books of 2021.

I’ve only included it on this list because the community likes it. But it’s technically anything but YA.

She’s been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.


Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Release Date: April 20, 2021

This Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut about two enemy witches who must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a common enemy has the twisted cat-and-mouse of Killing Eve with the richly imagined fantasy world of Furyborn and Ember in the Ashes.

Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.


These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy

Release Date: April 20, 2021

Three Dark Crowns meets Wicked Saints in this queer #ownvoices retelling of “The Firebird,” a Russian folktale, by debut author Alexandra Overy.

When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed…


Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen

Release Date: April 27, 2021

Give me a moment while I jump up and down!

All right, I’m back! I can’t wait for Gilded Serpent. Read my review of Dark Skies if you want to know why I’m so excited.

From bestselling author Danielle L. Jensen comes a thrilling new novel in the Dark Shores world, a series that Sarah J. Maas called “everything I look for in a fantasy novel.”

Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives…

May 2021

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: May 4, 2021

A brand new series from the author of Red Queen.

When the heroes have fallen, who will take up the sword?

A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:


Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: May 4, 2021

If you’ve never read a book by Tricia Levenseller. You’re missing out. Just read my review of Warrior of the Wild if you don’t believe me. I, for one, can’t wait for Blade of Secrets. I’ve got it pre-ordered.

In Blade of Secrets, the first book in Tricia Levenseller’s exciting new YA fantasy duology, a teenage blacksmith with social anxiety is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she’s ever made.

Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.


War of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Release Date: May 11, 2021

I had started to read House of Dragons last year when another book came out I wanted to read and I never went back to it. Before War of Dragons comes out, I’ll be sure to rectify that because the story sounds amazing.

Don’t read the blurb below if you haven’t read Book 1. I had to stop myself.

The dragon throne is a heavy burden. The empire is fractured, and an ancient horror looms. Once again, five outcasts will hear the call to battle. But are they ready for war? The stunning sequel to House of Dragons, this is Three Dark Crowns meets The Breakfast Club.

The Emperor’s Trial is over. The dragon throne has been claimed–yet there is no peace to be had. For the first time in history, it is not one emperor who has taken power, but four. Although the young rulers seek to build a better world, there are many who oppose them. Tradition is broken, and so is Etrusia.


Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova

Release Date: May 11, 2021

In Zoraida Córdova’s thrilling sequel to Incendiary, Renata embarks on a dangerous journey to bring justice to the kingdom — perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J. Maas.

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she’s reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They’re united by lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.

June 2021

Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: June 1, 2021

Another Armentrout book for you JLA fans out there. She’s not my cup of tea, but I know she’s a fan favorite. I hope you all enjoy! Sincerely!

Danger, betrayal, and enticing forbidden love clash in book three of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Harbinger trilogy!

When Angels Fall

Trinity Marrow has lost the battle and her beloved Protector. Even with both demons and Wardens on her side, Trin may not win the war against the Harbinger…


Seasons of Chaos by Elle Cosimano

Release Date: June 8, 2021

Book 2 of the Seasons of the Storm series.

As immortal Seasons, Jack and Fleur wielded powerful magic in their roles as a Winter and a Spring. Yet there wasn’t magic strong enough to keep them apart, and they risked everything for their love, for the freedom to live their lives as they choose—together.

That choice came at a cost, and Jack had to sacrifice his Winter magic—and his immortality. Although he’d do anything for Fleur, he can’t deny the emptiness he’s felt since.


Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

Release Date: June 8, 2021

Daughter of Sparta is a stretch to put on this list. It’s more like historical fiction or Greek mythology. But I’m a sucker for strong female leads, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey did a woman Spartan very well.

Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the Gods need her to save the world!

Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne’s brother’s fate in her hands—upends the life she’s worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods’ waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother’s life will be forfeit.


Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

Release Date: June 22, 2021

Another of my auto-buy authors and another book I’ve already pre-ordered. I love, love, love the Witchlands books that started with Truthwitch. If you haven’t jumped onboard yet, what are you waiting for?

Susan Dennard’s New York Times bestselling, young adult epic fantasy Witchlands series continues with the story of the Threadwitch Iseult.

War has come to the Witchlands . . . and nothing will be the same again.

Iseult has found her heartsister Safi at last, but their reunion is brief. For Iseult to stay alive, she must flee Cartorra while Safi remains. And though Iseult has plans to save her friend, they will require her to…


Rising Like A Storm by Tanaz Bhathena

Release Date: June 22, 2021

In the concluding installment to the Wrath of Ambar duology from masterful author Tanaz Bhathena, Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny.

With King Lohar dead and a usurper queen in power, Gul and Cavas face a new tyrannical government that is bent on killing them both. Their roles in King Lohar’s death have not gone unnoticed, and the new queen is out for blood. What she doesn’t know is that Gul and Cavas have a connection that runs deeper than romance, and together, they just might have the strength and magic to end her for good.


The Chariot at Dusk by Swati Teerdhala

Release Date: June 29, 2021

The sweeping, dramatic finale of Swati Teerdhala’s South India-inspired fantasy trilogy rounds out the epic, romantic tale of an assassin and a soldier fighting to save their country and their people. Perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Victoria Aveyard.

A queen at last. An empty palace. A kingdom to save.

Esha is reeling from Kunal’s betrayal, but she has a kingdom to rule from behind a thin smokescreen—pretending to be Princess Reha while she sends her most trusted soldiers to collect Reha and Kunal by any means necessary. Traitors, after all, must be punished.

July 2021

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Release Date: July 6, 2021

I love Elizabeth Lim’s books! Check out my review of Spin the Dawn and Unravel the Dusk. This is a new series and I can’t wait to read it!

A princess in exile, a shapeshifting dragon, six enchanted cranes, and an unspeakable curse… Drawing from ‘The Wild Swans’ and East Asian folklore, this breathtakingly original fantasy from the author of Spin the Dawn is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo or Tomi Adeyemi.

Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted. But it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.


The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning

Release Date: July 6, 2021

The Princess Bride meets Game of Thrones

Sarah Henning’s The Queen Will Betray You is the breathtaking sequel to The Princess Will Save You in the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky duology ― a brilliantly-executed YA fantasy homage to The Princess Bride


The Betrayed by Kiera Cass

Release Date: July 6, 2021

Kiera Cass, author of the Selection series, brings another sparkling romance to a stunning conclusion in this sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Betrothed.

Can you follow your heart when it’s already broken?

After fleeing Coroa and leaving the memory of her beloved Silas behind, Hollis is unsteadily adjusting to life in Isolte. The Eastoffe family’s affection is a balm on her weary spirit, though Etan, a surly cousin with a deep distaste for Coroans, threatens to upset the uneasy peace she’s found.


Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Preto

Release Date: July 13, 2021

In the heart-stopping finale to the Crown of Feathers trilogy, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake calls “absolutely unforgettable,” Veronyka must face her most devastating enemy yet: her own sister.

I had a sister, once…

Veronyka is no longer an orphaned stable boy or a nameless Phoenix Rider apprentice: she is the daughter of Pheronia Ashfire, the last queen of the Golden Empire…and the niece of Avalkyra Ashfire, the resurrected rebel queen who tore the empire apart.


These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Release Date: July 20, 2021

From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.


Cast in Secrets and Shadow by Andrea Robertson

Release Date: July 20, 2021

Game of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes in the second book in this action-packed fantasy from Andrea Robertson, the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series.

Ara has taken up her mantle as the Loresmith–but her journey is far from over. After suffering betrayals and losses, Ara, Nimhea, Lahvja, and Teth must try to come together and find the Loreknights across the kingdom. The Loreknights are their only hope in overthrowing the evil Vokkans and putting Nimhea on the throne for good. But their journey will put Ara and her companions in grave danger–from the endless pursuit of the Vokkans to perilous encounters with the gods, and the near impossible trials they face along the way–will they be able to survive long enough to help the rebellion?


Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin

Release Date: July 27, 2021

Lou has spent her whole life running. Now, after a crushing blow from Morgane, the time has come to go home—and claim what is rightfully hers.

But this is no longer the Lou her friends knew. No longer the Lou who captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out.

August 2021

Suns Will Rise by Jessica Brody

Suns Will Rise by Jessica Brody​ and Joanne Rendell

Release Date: August 3, 2021

Les Misérables meets The Lunar Chronicles in this thrilling conclusion to the System Divine trilogy that’s an “explosion of emotion, intrigue, romance, and revolution” (Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series).

An heir. A renegade.
A convict. A cyborg
A défecteur.
Five rebels. One revolution.


Bonded Fate by Beck Michaels

Release Date: August 3, 2021

The stakes are higher, new questions will surface, and more blood will spill in the next installment of the Guardians of the Maiden fantasy series.

JOINED BY BLOOD. BOUND BY DESTINY.


Heartless Heirs by Marcykate Connolly

Release Date: August 10, 2021

From New York Times bestselling author MarcyKate Connolly comes the sequel to Twin Daggers, which follows Aissa and Zandria on their mission to understand their unique magical bloodline, as well as unite the Magi and Technocrats before their sworn enemy can turn the simmering hate between the two peoples into an all-out war.

Aissa has never felt so trapped and alone even with her sister and friend by her side. Zandria—once her other half—has become cold and inflexible after her time in the Technocrats’ dungeon. Their friend Remy may still side with his father, a Magi leader who refuses to believe his spymaster has turned traitor. And Aissa herself is now an enemy of her Magi people after falling in love with—and binding her heart to—Aro, a Techno prince who puts all their lives at stake.


Rise up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons

Release Date: August 10, 2021

Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Gladiator in this epic duology conclusion about two elemental gladiators swept up in an ancient war between immortals and humans—from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series, and Kristen Simmons, acclaimed author of Pacifica and The Deceivers. Perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes, And I Darken, and The Winner’s Curse.

Two gods are dead. The Mother Goddess has returned. War is rising.


The Endless Skies by Shannon Price

Release Date: August 17, 2021

Shannon Price’s The Endless Skies is a breakout standalone epic fantasy about shapeshifting warriors perfect for fans of Adrienne Young and Wonder Woman.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan is about to become one of the famed Leonodai Warriors―the elite magical fighters who protect the floating city Heliana from the world of Men. Until disaster strikes the city’s children.

September 2021

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Release Date: September 7, 2021

Intrigue, riches, and romance abound in this thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Inheritance Games

The Inheritance Games ended with a bombshell, and now heiress Avery Grambs has to pick up the pieces and find the man who might hold the answers to all of her questions—including why Tobias Hawthorne left his entire fortune to Avery, a virtual stranger, rather than to his own daughters or grandsons.


The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young

Release Date: September 7, 2021

This is a spin-off from Fable, particularly a family of characters that appear in the second book, Namesake.

New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with The Last Legacy, a captivating standalone about family and blood ties, reinventing yourself, and controlling your own destiny.

When a letter from her uncle Henrik arrives on Bryn Roth’s eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.


Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Release Date: September 14, 2021

Another Not-YA book that made the list due to how hotly anticipated this book is. You’ll have to wait for September, but good things come to those who wait.

It has been twenty-seven long years since the last sunrise.

For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity; building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness.


The Demon Tide by Laurie Forest

Release Date: September 14, 2021

The realm war is near and the Prophecy is at hand. The Black Witch is back…and the demon tide is coming. Prepare to be spellbound by The Black Witch Chronicles.

Nothing can stop the demon tide…

Newly exposed as the Black Witch of Prophecy, Elloren Gardner Grey is on the run, not knowing if she’ll find friends or foes. With her fastmate, Lukas Grey, either dead or in the hands of High Mage Marcus Vogel, Elloren knows the only chance of turning the tide of the coming war is to seek allies who will listen long enough not to kill her on sight.


Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: September 14, 2021

From New York Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer comes a blockbuster fantasy series about a kingdom divided by corruption, the prince desperately holding it together, and the girl who will risk everything to bring it crashing down.

The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand.


The Hollow Heart by Marie Rutkoski

Release Date: September 14, 2021

Intrigue, romance, and magic abound in The Hollow Heart, the heart-stopping conclusion to Marie Rutkoski’s Forgotten Gods duology.

At the end of The Midnight Lie, Nirrim offered up her heart to the god of thieves in order to restore her people’s memories of their city’s history. The Half Kith who once lived imprisoned behind the city’s wall now realize that many among them are powerful. Meanwhile, the person Nirrim once loved most, Sid, has returned to her home country of Herran, where she must navigate the politics of being a rogue princess who has finally agreed to do her duty.


The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi

Release Date: September 21, 2021

Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with the final riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Bronzed Beasts.

After Séverin’s seeming betrayal, the crew is fractured. Armed with only a handful of hints, Enrique, Laila, Hypnos and Zofia must find their way through the snarled, haunted waterways of Venice, Italy to locate Séverin.


Court by Tracy Wolff

Release Date: September 28, 2021

The stunning conclusion to the smash hit Crave series is not to be missed!


The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

Release Date: September 28, 2021

A budding dark sorceress determined not to use her formidable powers uncovers yet more secrets about the workings of her world in the stunning sequel to A Deadly Education, the start of Naomi Novik’s groundbreaking crossover series.
 
At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final year—and the looming specter of graduation, a deadly ritual that leaves few students alive in its wake. El is determined that her chosen group will survive, but it is a prospect that is looking harder by the day as the savagery of the school ramps up. Until El realizes that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules . .


Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Release Date: September 28, 2021

Once Upon a Broken Heart marks the launch of a new series about love, curses, and the lengths that people will go to for happily ever after from Stephanie Garber, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.


Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Release Date: September 28, 2021

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling new YA fantasy about a teen girl with mythic abilities who must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead.

The dead of Loraille do not rest.

Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.


Steelstriker by Marie Lu

Release Date: September 28, 2021

Skyhunter Book 2

Explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in Steelstriker, the riveting conclusion to the Skyhunter duet from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu.

As a Striker, Talin was taught loyalty is life. Loyalty to the Shield who watches your back, to the Strikers who risk their lives on the battlefield, and most of all, to Mara, which was once the last nation free from the Karensa Federation’s tyranny.

October 2021

When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles

When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles

Release Date: October 05, 2021

I’m not a fan of these books. You can read my review of Where Dreams Descend for more info. That doesn’t mean you won’t like it though! It’s a really neat concept and totally worth your consideration.

In Janella Angeles’s When Night Breaks, the dramatic last act of the Kingdom of Cards duology, the stage is set, the spectacle awaits… and the show must finally come to an end.

The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell for who is now lost to this world and in the hands of a dangerous magician. Daron is willing to do whatever it takes to find her. Even if it means embarking on a dark and treacherous journey, risking more than just his life, with no promise of return.


Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: October 05, 2021

Kingdom of the Wicked Book 2

From New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper Kerri Maniscalco comes the sizzling, sweepingly romantic sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked!

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge…Welcome to Hell.

After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.


Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Release Date: October 05, 2021

A scrappy maid must outsmart both palace nobles and Low Gods in a new YA fantasy by Margaret Owen, author of the Merciful Crow series.

Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl…

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love―and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.


Crown of Cinders by Emily R. King

Release Date: October 05, 2021

Wings of Fury, Book 2

A scrappy maid must outsmart both palace nobles and Low Gods in a new YA fantasy by Margaret Owen, author of the Merciful Crow series.

Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl…

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love―and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.


Luminous by Mara Rutherford

Release Date: October 05, 2021

From the author of Crown of Coral and Pearl comes an immersive new fantasy about a witch who must learn to harness her power—or risk losing her loved ones forever.

Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.


Briarheart by Mercedes Lackey

Release Date: October 05, 2021

From beloved fantasy author Mercedes Lackey comes a fresh and feminist reinterpretation of Sleeping Beauty.

Miriam may be the daughter of Queen Alethia of Tirendell, but she’s not a princess. She’s the child of Alethia and her previous husband, the King’s Champion, who died fighting for the king, and she has no ambitions to rule. When her new baby sister Aurora, heir to the throne, is born, she’s ecstatic. She adores the baby, who seems perfect in every way. But on the day of Aurora’s christening, an uninvited Dark Fae arrives, prepared to curse her, and Miriam discovers she possesses impossible power.


The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni

Release Date: October 12, 2021

Kiva trades one cage for another when she leaves behind a deadly prison for a deceptive palace in this dark and dangerous sequel to The Prison Healer, which Sarah J. Maas called “a must-read.”

Kiva Meridan is a survivor.

She survived not only Zalindov prison, but also the deadly Trial by Ordeal. Now Kiva’s purpose goes beyond survival to vengeance. For the past ten years, her only goal was to reunite with her family and destroy the people responsible for ruining their lives. But now that she has escaped Zalindov, her mission has become more complicated than ever.


Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan

Release Date: October 12, 2021

Girls of Paper and Fire meets A Song of Wraiths and Ruin in June CL Tan’s stunning debut, where ferocious action, shadowy intrigue, rich magic, and a captivating slow-burn romance collide.

In an empire on the brink of war . . .

Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.

Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.

When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities.


The Color of Dragons by R.A. Salvatore & Erika Lewis

Release Date: October 19, 2021

Powerhouse adult fantasy author R. A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis deliver a sweeping, action-packed, romantic pre-Arthurian tale of the origins of magic (and Merlin), perfect for fans of Falling Kingdoms and Seraphina.

Magic needs a spark.

And Maggie’s powers are especially fickle. With no one to help her learn to control her magic, the life debt that she owes stretches eternally over her head, with no way to repay it.


The Shattered Castle by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Release Date: October 19, 2021

Ascendance Book 5

Acclaimed author Jennifer A. Nielsen brings her signature twists and high-stakes action to the fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Ascendance Series!

King Jaron has outwitted the Prozarians and returned to his own kingdom with one secret in his pocket that not even his friends know about. He’s hoping that secret will help him finally bring stability to Carthya.


A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: October 19, 2021

This book is a spinoff from JLA’s From Blood and Ash and could sort of be considered a prequel as it takes place earlier in the timeline.

It is not Book 4. Don’t mistake that.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns with book one of the all-new, compelling Flesh and Fire series.Set in the beloved world of the Blood and Ash Series.The story of Nyktos and his Consort. And how their love shaped the realms for all time.

November 2021

Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan

Release Date: November 2, 2021

Book 3 in the Girls of Paper and Fire series.

New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan delivers a stunningly beautiful, heartbreaking finale to the epic Girls of Paper and Fire series.

“Don’t struggle, Lei-zhi. It’s time to take you back to the Hidden Palce. You’re going home.”

The final pages of Girls of Storm and Shadow brought a jaw-dropping conclusion that had the fates of Lei and Wren hanging in uncertainty. But one thing was certain – the Hidden Palace was the last place that Lei would ever consider home.


Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: November 2, 2021

In Gilded, #1 New York Timesbestselling author Marissa Meyer returns to the fairytale world with this haunting retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue.

Or so everyone believes.


Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross

Release Date: November 2, 2021

From Rebecca Ross, acclaimed author of The Queen’s Rising duology, comes a story about magic, vengeance, and the captivating power of dreams. A must-read for fans of The Hazel Wood and The Night Circus.

The realm of Azenor has spent years plagued by a curse. Every new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians—who serve as territory wardens—stand between people and their worst dreams.


The Curse Workers by Holly Black

Release Date: November 2, 2021

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes the “dangerously, darkly gorgeous” (Cassandra Clare) Curse Workers trilogy, now together in one beautiful bind-up!

Cassel Sharpe comes from a family of curse workers, people who have the power to change emotions, memories, and luck with the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re also all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists, but not Cassel. He doesn’t have magic, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family—except for the small detail that he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.


A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

Release Date: November 02, 2021

We had Roseanne in to do a live chat with the YA Fantasy Addicts Facebook group last year and had a great time talking about her debut, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. This is the sequel.

The highly anticipated second—and final—book in the immersive fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore that began with the New York Times bestselling A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, from author Roseanne A. Brown. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.

Karina lost everything after a violent coup left her without her kingdom or her throne. Now the most wanted person in Sonande, her only hope of reclaiming what is rightfully hers lies in a divine power hidden in the long-lost city of her ancestors.


Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Release Date: November 9, 2021

Book 3 of the Aurora Cycle.

The squad you love is out of time. Prepare for the thrilling finale in the epic, best-selling Aurora Cycle series about a band of unlikely heroes who just might be the galaxy’s last hope for survival.

Is this the end?
    What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases, and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.


A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney

Release Date: November 9, 2021

In A Crown So Cursed, the third book in L.L. McKinney’s Nightmare-Verse series, Alice is called to save Wonderland from itself.

Alice is doing her best to recover from her last boss battle, but members of her crew start having these… dreams. And they’re all the same dream: visions of a dark past―and an even darker future. It seems the evil in Wonderland may not be as defeated as they’d hoped.


All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Release Date: November 9, 2021

The blockbuster co-writing debut of Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman, All of Us Villains begins a dark tale of ambition and magick…

You Fell In Love With The Victors of The Hunger Games.
Now Prepare To Meet The Villains of The Blood Veil.


The Righteous by Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: November 9, 2021

The third book in the instant New York Times bestselling series that began with The Beautiful.

Pippa Montrose is tired of losing everything she loves. When her best friend Celine disappears under mysterious circumstances, Pippa resolves to find her, even if the journey takes her into the dangerous world of the fae, where she might find more than she bargained for in the charismatic Arjun Desai.

Renée is back with her rich, atmospheric fantasy world that will continue to enthrall readers, new romance and mystery, and lush, pacey writing. The Righteous is the can’t-miss lead in to what will be a much-anticipated finale of a can’t miss quartet.


Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Release Date: November 9, 2021

An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata—a mermaid—collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.


Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Release Date: November 16, 2021

Book 2 of These Violent Delights.

Shanghai is under siege in this captivating and searingly romantic sequel to These Violent Delights, which New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan calls “deliciously dark.”

The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution.

After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on the warpath. One wrong move, and her cousin will step in to usurp her place as the Scarlet Gang’s heir.

December 2021

The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

The Excalibur Curse by Kiersten White

Release Date: December 12, 2021

Book 3 of the Camelot Rising series.

The gripping conclusion to the acclaimed Arthurian fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White finds Guinevere questioning everything—friends and enemies, good and evil, and, most of all, herself.

While journeying north toward the Dark Queen, Guinevere falls into the hands of her enemies. Behind her are Lancelot, trapped on the other side of the magical barrier they created to protect Camelot, and Arthur, who has been led away from his kingdom, chasing after false promises. But the greatest danger isn’t what lies ahead of Guinevere—it’s what’s been buried inside her. 

Are you looking for more YA fantasy books?

They may not be new releases, but perhaps they’re new to you.

Check out my list of Best Indie Fantasy Books or Best YA Fantasy Books for more great reads.

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